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Since the beginning of November the house team have started the winter clean but over the last few weeks we have also turned our attention to CHRISTMAS! This year in the mansion we invite you to celebrate a 1920s Christmas, as the 8th Lord and Lady Berwick would have done following their marriage in 1919. We have delved into the stores to find the Christmas decorations which are now adorning the dozen Christmas trees around the mansion. There is an amazing 15-foot tree in the Picture Gallery which is so big we had to use scaffolding to decorate it! Our lovely flower arrangers have also been “decking the halls” with festive greenery and flowers.

Lady Berwick loved parties and opening up her home for people to enjoy and this is what we want to evoke this year. To give the mansion the festive atmosphere of a 1920s Christmas we have brought out some of their personal clothing for you to see. The couple seemed to like dressing up as you can see from the picture below.

Lord and Lady Berwick wearing fancy dress in the Picture Gallery c. 1923

We have displayed the two extravagant costumes above from our collection. These are the hand sewn French sack-back dress made in the 1760s but worn by Lady Berwick in the 1920s as fancy dress and the striped coat and breeches worn by Lord Berwick.

There will be other wonderful items of clothing on display that were worn by the 8th Lord and Lady. See what the couple would have worn to dinner in the Dining Room, where the table will be decorated for Christmas.

Lady Berwick’s evening shoes that match her dress

In the Drawing Room you will get a glimpse of a delicate tunic made by Spanish designer Fortuny for Lady Berwick and her beautiful beaded velvet coat with fur collar.

Beaded velvet coat c.1913

If you’re like us and can’t wait for the Downton Abbey Christmas special, come and see a 1920s Christmas at Attingham and enjoy a unique opportunity to see these amazing items in our collection in the home that Lord and Lady Berwick brought back to life and lovingly restored.

Details of our Christmas opening can be found here.